The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the University of South Dakota Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of South Dakota. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Standards and ARC-PA policy.
Graduates from the Program are eligible for the national certification examination administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
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The University of South Dakota Physician Assistant Program’s goals are to:
1. Provide a rigorous academic and clinical curriculum and achieve first-time PANCE percentage pass rates and mean Program scores above the national average.
2. Provide the means and support for every entering student to graduate.
3. Prepare graduates to meet primary care workforce needs.
4. Prepare graduates to improve access to medical care in South Dakota.
We demonstrate achievement of our goals by compiling data from the NCCPA, continuous program evaluation and graduating students.